Awards: As They Happened
Who will win the coveted Player of the Season prize?
Below is a full transcript of the live text commentary from Monday night's Everton End Of Season Awards Dinner.
00:26: Look out on evertonfc.com and evertonTV for all the fallout from the awards from Tuesday morning.
00:25: Well, I can't think of a better way to bring the night to a close than that. It took a while in coming but I hope you're pleased with the outcomes. So many players could have taken the top awards tonight but I think you, the fans, the panels and the players got it right. Good job all round. And thanks for your comments and emails.
00:23: Phil Jagielka: "Thanks to everyone for their comments. It really means a lot. I really appreciate it and I promise to make you proud again next season."
00:22: Phil Jagielka has just popped his head in and he's reading some of your messages. No word of a lie.
00:20: "Made up to see Jags win the Player of the Season! Gutted he can't be on the pitch at Wembley. He really deserves it!" Aaron
00:19: "Congratulations to Jags and Fellaini. They both have been great this season. Jags is our rock." George Simonds
00:17: "Congratulations big Dan on winning Goal of the Season. It meant so much to all us Everton fans." Mike
00:15: The crowd rises to their feet. Among so many candidates, there was always one man who stood out above the rest. Barely has he put a foot wrong all season long; he also scored the penalty which took us to the final. That he won't be there somehow makes this award all the more special. Phil Jagielka is Everton's Player of the Year.
00:11: And the winner is...
00:10: We're there. The climax. The pièce de résistance. The Everton Player of the Year as voted by users of evertonfc.com...
00:08: Dan Gosling: "People were stopping me in the street the day after the game. I know ITV missed the goal but I think most people have seen it now." Too right. On repeat. Over and over again.
00:07: Those of you in the south will remember that TicTac advert forever. It had to be. Dan Gosling's dramatic derby winner in the FA Cup takes the award.
00:06: Okay, Goal of the Season...
00:05: "Well done Jags, a fully deserved award." Mike, Norris Green
00:03: Maybe he's had a glass of champagne too many but Fellaini finally agreed to do an evertonTV interview in English! Look out for that one tomorrow.
00:02: If you're still with us, don't forget to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments.
00:00: As I wearily type four consecutive zeros and a new day begins, I realise this has been well worth the wait. I felt compelled to down tools to applaud Phil Jagielka and in the meantime Maraoune Fellaini has been named Young Player of the Year. He took to the stage and, in broken English, managed: "I hope we win the Cup." Top man.
11.56: Phil Jagielka: "I have good days and bad days but I've got great people around me - my friends, family and team-mates. Hopefully the boys can do it [win the FA Cup] this year and I'll be back next year and we can do it again."
11:55: Phil Jagielka!
11:54: Here comes one of the top gongs - The Players' Player of the Year. To the players, this one will perhaps mean the most - being recognised by your peers as the outstanding performer. And the winner is...
11:52: After all that waiting, I'm now struggling to keep up. The 1984 FA Cup winning team has won the Howard Kendall Award. Derek Mountfield, Kevin Richardson and Graeme Sharp went up to collect it to rapturous applause.
11:51: "Boy the suspense is killing me. Feels like extra time and penalties all over again!" Johnny
11:48: Kieran Agard: "I was made up to be on the first-team bench this season. My aim for next year is to make a first-team appearance." Best of luck to you, Kieran. I'm sure you all agree?
11:47: Kieran Agard takes the award!
11:46: Next up is the Reserve Player of the Year. A few contenders from a young team which did superbly under Andy Holden and Alan Stubbs this year....
11:44: "Top stuff and perfect timing - just back from the chippy!" Rory Buchanan. Not James McCarten.
11:43: James McCarten: "It's been great working with Taff [Andy Holden] and Alan Stubbs. They were both centre backs and I'm learning a lot from them."
11:42: James McCarten. No real surprise considering he scooped the same award at last week's Academy awards. Could he follow the likes of Rodwell and Gosling into the first-team next season?
11.41: I told you they'd come thick and fast eventually. The next award is the Academy Player of the Year...
11:40: Fara Williams: "It's great for me but the whole team deserves it." How modest? Well done, Fara.
11:38: Everton Ladies Player of the Year is Fara Williams!
11:36: Now, it's the turn of Everton Ladies. How well did they do this year?
11:35: Jack Rodwell: "I'm delighted to win the award. There are some fantastic names on this trophy - Michael Ball, Francis Jeffers, loads - it's a real honour."
11:34: Jack Rodwell!
11:33: Next up is the Shareholders' Young Player of the Year award. And the winner is...
11:30: Chelsea McGlory wins the Female Disability Player of the Year award. A huge smile beams across her face as she collects her gong from Louis Saha.
11:27: Another massive cheer goes up as Dan Gosling's goal is played on the big screens. But will it win the award?
11:25: "Do they always have to leave things until the last minute. It is like last summer's transfer window - waiting then at the last minute everything happens!" Stephen
11:23: Steve Midgehall. He received his award from Tim Howard, which is fitting as Steve is also a goalkeeper.
11.22: An award! The Male Disability Player of the Year goes to...
11.16: You guessed it - an encore. They really have finished now though. We're being treated to a classical interpretation of Tell Me Ma instead. All together now...
11.11: That had to be the longest violin instrumental of all time. Seriously, it's just finished - after 11 minutes!!!
11.10: "Has to be Jags though, doesn’t it? A mention for Baines though - largely out of the picture for ages and has been phenomenal the last few months." Terry
11.04: There's also Trevor Steven, Kevin Ratcliffe, Graeme Sharp, Ian Snodin, John Bailey, Derek Temple, Barry Horne, Joe Parkinson and Derek Mountfield. I'll keep my eye out for more...
11.03: Thought you might like to know who else is here this evening. Well, SkySports' Andy Gray (an Everton legend too, of course!) and Richard Keys are presenting the awards...
11.00: At last! The music's gone up, there are violinists on the stage and I think this party's about to get started. What do you mean I said that before?
10.58: "I think it is worth a mention not to forget about Steve Round when we praise Sir David Moyes." Paul, Widnes
10.57: "He probably won't win an award tonight but a big mention has to go to little Steven Pienaar. He has become a very important player for us this season - especially since the injury to Arteta." Andy Monaghan
10.55: Me too Ben, me too. But stay with us. It'll be worth it. We must be getting past the players' bedtimes now surely?
10.54: "I wish they would start already. I have school! Phil Neville should get an award as he is a true professional and a key player." Ben
10.49: Well said, Sean. And the perfect way to get us back to what tonight's really about - rewarding Everton's players for a fantastic season. Email email@example.com if you've got a comment to make.
10:48: "I have to say if there was an award for most improved and loyal player it would have to be Phil Neville. He has been outstanding this year and doesn't get the credit he deserves." Sean Jones
10:45: To keep you filled in on what is proving to be a very long but most enjoyable evening, we are now on to the auction. Top prize is a signed pair of Phil Jagielka's boots.
10.39: Reading between the lines the main course was roast beef. And now I'm feeling peckish. Thanks, Colin.
10.38: Colin, the pudding was as described below. Apparently. The starter was, and I quote, "A platter of the finest Scottish salmon served with blush and bitter leaves with a splash of first press olive oil." Your guess is as good as mine.
10.37: "Enjoying this very much, but I am a bit of a foodie so would welcome some details of the three courses served up to the assembled guests" Colin Nolan.
10.34: The evertonfc.com hub just received its first visit of the evening. Marouane Fellaini popped in to say bonjour. And then he was off again. Maybe to collect the Young Player of the Year award. Who knows?
10.29: Only kidding! The suits are blue, of course. And very nice too. Who would ever go for cream suits anyway?
10.28: The emails are flying in now. Remember it's firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to join in. In the meantime, the guests here are being treated to a sneak preview of the official FA Cup final suits. A nice little cream number...
10.27: "Phil Jagielka for Player of the Year hands down. Why wasn't he in the Team of the Year. It's a joke." Kenny
10:24: Ken and Helen are claiming I was actually too busy tucking into my pudding. "A specially comissioned dessert to celebrate Everton's 2009 FA Cup run. A chocolate and toffee (see what they've done there) celebration with a unique Everton twist," according to the menu. Disappointingly, I've no idea what the twist is as I'm not being fed. The injustice...
10.21: Apologies, lost internet connection for a while there. Fingers crossed it won't happen again because I'm convinced we're about to get underway with the main awards. Honestly...
10.06pm: Unfortunately, Mikel could not be here tonight Andy. He's expecting to become a father any day now. Everton's Player of the Year 2029/30 perhaps?
10.05pm: "Is Arteta at the awards night?" Andy, West Derby
10.02pm: Three comments there for the three main contenders for the Young Player of the Year, Messrs Rodwell, Fellaini and Gosling. An interesting point from Paul though - should Fellaini, at 21, be in the Young Player of the Year category. I say, yes...
10.01pm: "Jack Rodwell should win Young Player of the Year and ahead of Fellaini. Rodwell is a proper youngster and deserves it." Paul Lee
9.57pm: "Marouane Fellaini must surely win the Young Player award. He has been in the starting XI most weeks, and, considering his age, has played brilliantly." Clare Morris
9.55pm: "Tough call between Jack Rodwell, Danny Gosling and Maraoune Fellaini.... I choose Gosling - a great prospect." Andy Costigan
9.50pm: Thanks Georgia! That does include the web team, right?
9.49pm: "Well done to all of the people involved with Everton Football Club you have truly made all us Evertonians proud. If it was up to me you would all get an award!" Georgia O'Connor
9.45pm: I promise we'll begin racing through the awards shortly. We're finally on to the third course of three.
9.38pm: So Kev thinks Phil Jagielka's getting the top award? What do you think? Email email@example.com.
9.37pm: "When Jags receives his Player of the Season award tonight it should be his second award. Why he wasn't he mentioned in the Writers' Player of the Year. It's beyond me - just crazy." Kev Kelly
9.34pm: A very fitting tribute Maggie. Thanks for your email.
9.33pm: "I started following Everton only eight years ago in memory of my best friend who was an Evertonian since birth. Everton are now in my heart and soul." Maggie Fuller
9.27pm: Don't forget to email your comments and tributes to web.team @evertonfc.com. Had no suggestions for Young Player of the Year yet...
9.24pm: Goes to Dominic Boyle. This lad goes into his local newsagent and puts copies of the Evertonian in front of all the Liverpool magazines apparently. A worthy winner for that alone!
9.21pm: Time for the next award. The Everton Fan of the Year...
9.16pm: Unfortunately, there's only one Everton manager so no Manager of the Year award tonight Shaun. I think everyone will echo your sentiments though. Let's hope the powers that be ensure Moyes gets the credit - and awards - he deserves.
9.15pm: "There is only one manager of the season and that is Mr David Moyes for what he has achieved with the amount of injuries this great team has had. Not once has he complained about it." Shaun McCloskey
9.09pm: I've also seen former Atomic Kitten Liz McLarnon...
9.07pm: As soon as the knives and forks return to the tables we'll be underway with the main awards. A list of honourable guests has been read out, including winners of Everton's previous FA Cup winning teams, former managers and the Everton Ladies who came so close to winning the title last weekend.
9.04pm: "Every time I watch our beloved Everton they play with passion. It makes me so proud. The team is fantastic and David Moyes a hero." Adi, Burton on Trent
9.00pm: "We are the epitome of the word 'team'. The players, fans, board and staff truly make us The People's Club. Upward and onward towards glory by winning the Cup. From there a top four finish next season with another cup to boot." Paul Muldoon
8.51pm: Apologies Ladies and Gents, there's a small break in play while dinner is served. Fantastic spring rolls.
8.42pm: Bill Kenwright: "There will never be another football club like Everton." Is it just the hairs on my neck?
8.35pm: Mr Kenwright finishes his speech to another rousing round of applause. Every single first-team player got a mention and it's fair to say the chairman is overwhelmed at what has been achieved this season. He saved a blushing Phil Jagielka until last and the mere mention of his name raised everyone in St George's Hall to their feet.
8.33pm: Refresh this page regularly to keep up-to-date with all the goings on at the Awards night.
8.30pm: "I think everyone involved with Everton should be very proud of what has been achieved this season, and may we look forward to the following couple of years. I get the feeling they could be very successful." Ray Moss, West Derby
8.25pm: Bill Kenwright takes to the stage to give a personal tribute to each of the players in the current squad. Don't forget to email in your comments and tributes to firstname.lastname@example.org. The best will be publish right here.
8.23pm: "My father was a seven-days-a-week manager," says Joyce, Harry Catterick's daughter. Sums up the dedication that helped him lead the Club to two league titles and an FA Cup.
8.22pm: ...Harry Catterick. Joyce, the daughter of the late legendary manager, comes up to receive the award on behalf of her father. He's the man who led Everton to the 1966 FA Cup. I wonder if David Moyes will be able to say he's matched that achievement a fortnight from now?
8.21pm: The first award task of the evening is to name this year's inductee into the list of Everton Giants. And the winner is....
8.20pm: So who's going to win what? The full list of awards is below. The big one, of course, is the Player of the Year. Just a few contenders for that one.
8.15pm: The evening begins with a video of this season's highlights. Dan Gosling's goal against Liverpool receives the biggest cheer of all. Could it be a contender for the Goal of the Season award?
8.10pm: There's a standing ovation for David Moyes as he makes his way to the head table. So many of the Everton greats past and present are here this evening - and to a man they applauded the current boss.
7.57pm: If you'd like to make a comment on any of the awards throughout the evening get in touch by emailing email@example.com. We'll then publish the best comments in the live commentary.
7.55pm: Refresh this page regularly to keep up-to-date with all the goings on at the Awards night.
7.53pm: Good evening and welcome to evertonfc.com and our live coverage of the 2008/09 End of Season Awards night. Suited and booted, the players arrived on the blue carpet just moments ago. Stick with us throughout the evening to find out all the big winners first...
Everton's prestigious end of season awards dinner takes place on Monday evening.
St George's Hall, in Liverpool city centre, is the grand setting for the glamourous ceremony.
A plethora of coveted awards will be handed out to those who have contributed to Everton's success this season - as well as those who have influenced the Club's rich history.
David Moyes, his staff and the entire first team squad will be in attendance, while a number of bona fide Everton legends will also be present.
The main award is the Player of the Season, with voting taking place here on evertonfc.com over the last two weeks.
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray will announce the winners on the night, with other big awards including the Young Player of the Season, and the Goal of the Season. The latest Everton Giant will also be named.
The list of categories is as follows:
- Player of the Season
- Young Player of the Season
- Players' Player of the Season
- Goal of the Season
- Reserve Player of the Season
- Academy Player of the Season
- Ladies Player of the Season
- Female Disability Player of the Season
- Male Disability Player of the Season
- Everton Giant
- The People's Club Award
- Shareholders' Young Player Award
- The Howard Kendall Award
- Fan of the Year
- Employee of the Season